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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 12, 2013 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

If you have a kindle and Prime then it's a free read.

I read the first four chapters. Stearns could have used a good editor. It is a bit disjointed at the beginning. I stopped right before his trip with GD takes off.

This struck me. He is describing his first interaction with the band when they stayed at his ranch during the Calveras County shows (8/22-23/87). "I was beginning to think they were one big happy family after all, and that the prima donna grumblings were just an adjustment to a very different situation. Little did I suspect what a different situation it truly was. Over the next eight years as we traveled with the band, there was never a time or place where they stayed in anything but the best hotel and never once again did I ever see them dine together."

E- And thanks for the rec.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 13, 2013 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

I'm more than half way through - just got through the part about all the issues with Shoreline over the years. Very, very interesting insights into a number of characters, particularly the change in demeanor for Jerry after Koons came along. Notably, once they got married, she disappeared from the backstage scene. I recommend this book - not as a great literary work - but as a very interesting perspective from inside while still still outside the inner circle. Bill Graham's death can't be overstated for how it changed dynamics between BGP and GD and the changing nature of the music/concert industry - a long, long way from free shows in the park. People that come off as particularly gracious and down to earth include Bonnie Raitt and Peter Coyote. B

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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 13, 2013 11:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

Coyote's memoir is a must read if you haven't yet........

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 14, 2013 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

I want to. Had a nice long talk today with Steve Parish (day 2 of Moonalice at the Pacific Grove Good Ol' Days) and he said everyone should read his as it came out before the others and Phil and Rock and others just copied him (tongue was firmly, but not fully, stuck in cheek). Big bear of a man - and I would hate to be on wrong end of his wrath but what a great, great guy.
http://www.moonalice.com/tour/2013-04-14/pacific-groves-good-old-days-festival

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Before-Daylight-Life-Grateful/dp/031230353X

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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 14, 2013 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

Boy would I like to have a nice long talk w/ him. You're a lucky man.
Rock's book certainly came out way before his, and possibly Phil's too, so his facts are a little skewed.
Nevertheless, I'd like to buy Steve a coupla beers then very respectfully suggest that I think he was pranking everybody with the Frank Sinatra story in his book. Then read his body language to see if i was barking up the right tree or not. My gut tells me the story is total bullshit. (Harmless, but less than factual).

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 14, 2013 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

That would not surprise me in the least.

Moonalice plays our street fair/fest every year for the past few years, and usually both days. They will also come back in August to play the West End Celebration in nearby Sand City: http://www.westendcelebration.com/welcome.php

Parish said that they are getting a great response on the Weir Here things he's doing with Bob when he tells "tall tales", which he does before each Moonalice set, and we spoke about maybe doing some streaming from the Golden State Theatre, which would be nice. By all accounts, Bob enjoyed the theatre when he played it with Jackie Greene back in December and Moonalice has an open invite to hang out whenever. http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_22685598/lib-at-large-weir-here-grateful-dead-style

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 15, 2013 3:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

Yeah, I liked Parish's book. Did his come out before Rock's? I didn't think so. I thought Rock's was rushed into print right after Jerry's death, whereas Parish's is 2003. According to Amazon. Which also puts Rock's publication date at 2001 (although I thought it was earlier. Either way it seems to have beat Parish's.)

Anyway, you were lucky to get a chance to talk with him. In the Feeding the Dead book he comes across well, too, unlike others on the crew. Both Parish and Ramrod seemed to be liked by the author, for all their rough-and-toughness; Kidd, not at all.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 14, 2013 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

He does not shy away from naming names.

Who knew Jerry liked Stoli so much? Or that Bobby was/is a complete football nut? Or that Jill Lesh turned into Al Haig when Jerry died?

What a petty, sad, miserable little world he describes- especially after the death of BG. And he said doing business on the West Coast was better then on the East!

The kindle book did not have the cookbook, which I was looking for as the book suddenly turned into a Jerry bio. Man, he needed an editor. I don't think he had one. A rec as a free read or if you want a view of how the 'sausage' was made.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 14, 2013 5:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

I really enjoyed it up through the Shoreline section and then it just devolved into a bunch of cut-and-paste Jerry comments and other stuff. Like he stopped writing the book and just cobbled some stuff together to put out the book, although the book does have various band riders that are amusing to read. Now that I'm seeing those on a weekly basis I understand better the power of the red pen. Parish's comment, "Stearns? Yea, what, he was around for like the last 2 days?" But Moonalice is playing his fest up in Alaska: http://www.salmonstock.org as well as Bottle Rock in Napa next week. Moonalice's leader is quite an interesting character: http://www.elevation.com/EP_IT.asp?id=102

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 15, 2013 2:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeding the Dead

I thought it was a pretty interesting skim-read, although it definitely showed the lack of an editor all throughout, from logical flow to punctuation/typos/errors of fact. (Phil does not have a brother. And so on.) And yeah, didn't need the Jerry bio filler.

But one good thing about the new kindle-it-yourself world is that people can publish something that, while it might have been improved by an editor, also might not have been published at all. And while there's no editor to help it in some ways (flow, maybe pushing him to get into some areas that he just started to touch on, etc), there's also no editor to keep it from being an honest take on things as the writer sees it. (Or to make it more sensational. Although he certainly had no problem slamming people he felt needed slamming. Particularly the crew. Just in case anyone thought they were fuzzy wuzzies. Still, it didn't seem mean-spirited -- just telling things like he saw it.)

Also, while I'm in the little niche that will go for how-they-made-the-GD-sausage stories, I'm guessing it would have been hard to convince a big publisher there'd be enough interest to put this out as a hardcover book for Barnes and Noble etc.